Friday, May 26, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is directed by Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg. It stars Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, and Geoffrey Rush. The plot of the movie is when deadly ghost pirates led by Captain Salazar escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea, Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas. The first three Pirates of the Caribbean movies are a lot of fun. Then Disney decided to milk more money out of this series and we got the fourth one and now we have a fifth one that nobody asked for. So Disney big solution to the nobody asked for this problem is to pretend like we have all been waiting for plot points to be resolved. Johnny Depp is back as Jack Sparrow because god forbid Johnny Depp not grace us with his presence. I've seen him play this character not just in this series, but in other movies where he is supposed to do something different. As a result of seeing him do the same shit over and over this character has gotten almost unbearable. He is not funny at all. Brenton Thwaites plays Henry Turner is the son of Will Turner. He sets out to find the Trident of Poseidon in hopes of undoing the ending of At World's End. Javier Bardem is the Captain of another crew of ghost pirates who figure into Jack Sparrow's origin story which just slows the movie down. Geoffrey Rush is back and still seems bored. The ghost pirates aren't as cool as the skeletons from the first movie. Salazar is just a retread of Davy Jones. They introduce Zombie sharks and that scene is fun but is over quickly. The movie is just over 2 hours, but when the credits came up it felt like a fucking week had gone by. This movie is being advertised as the final adventure, but unfortunately, there is a scene after the credits which hints at a possible continuation. 1 out of 5 stars for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is directed by Rob Marshall and stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane, and Geoffrey Rush. The plot of the movie is Jack Sparrow and Barbossa embark on a quest to find the elusive fountain of youth, only to discover that Blackbeard and his daughter are after it too. As I stated in my At World's end review at the time that was supposed to be the final film, but nowadays everything has to be dragged out as long as possible so we got a fourth film that nobody wanted. I am in agreement with the majority that think this movie is bad. This movie is just bogged down with so many things that are completely unnecessary. All the details that they need to try and find the fountain of youth I don't mind that because as the movie goes on you understand why they need all these elements, but the extremes that they go to are just a little too much and there are a lot of pointless scenes. There is one scene where Jack Sparrow is debating whether or not to jump off a cliff so Blackbeard lies down a bunch of pistols that Jack Sparrow has to pick and see which ones have bullets and then Blackbeard has to shoot his daughter with it it's really convoluted and slows the movie down. You also have two new pointless characters who just exist because they wanted a new young lovers relationship. They are so boring and nowhere near as likable as Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann. Johnny Depp is once again Jack Sparrow and this was around the time when I was starting to get tired of Johnny Depp doing the same thing in every movie. Geoffrey Rush is back as Barbossa and for some reason, he is dressed like Captain Crunch this time, but on a serious note, he just looks bored throughout this movie. The movie is very slow it takes about 30 minutes for Jack Sparrow and the other parties to actually set sail to find the fountain of youth and then another 30 minutes for it to really get exciting. The only things that I ever remember about this movie are the mermaid attack and Ian McShane as Blackbeard he was a great villain and you can tell he is having fun. 2 out of 5 stars for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, and Geoffrey Rush. The plot of the movie is Captain Barbossa, Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann must sail off the edge of the map, navigate treachery and betrayal, find Jack Sparrow, and make their final alliance for one last decisive battle. This one is criticized as being the weakest of the series, but I enjoy this one a lot. The characters are still great. Johnny Depp returns as Captain Jack Sparrow the others have to rescue him from Davy Jones locker. Johnny Depp has a very funny sequence when he is trapped where he is imagining other versions of himself. Geoffrey Rush returns as Barbossa as we know Captain Barbossa died at the end of Curse of the Black Pearl and we saw him revived at the end of Dead Man's Chest. In this film, it is explained that Tia Dalma revived Barbossa in order to help the crew stop Davy Jones. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are often criticized for giving very wooden performances, but I really enjoy them in these movies and they do have some nice moments. I don't think they are the strongest actors in this series, but they aren't horrible. Bill Nighy returns as Davy Jones. He is amazing yet again a lot more is added to his story. There are some emotional scenes in this movie. There is tension between Will and Elizabeth. They have a scene where Will confronts her about leaving Jack to die in the previous film. Also, it is revealed in this film that whoever stabs the heart of Davy Jones has to take his place and the end when you see who stabs the hart it is sad. The action even though it is mostly saved until the end is still fun. At the time this was going to be the last movie, but nowadays everything has to be dragged out as long as possible so we got On Stranger Tides in 2011, but that's for next time. 5 out of 5 stars for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, Keira Knightley, and Bill Nighy. The plot of the movie is Jack Sparrow races to recover the heart of Davy Jones to avoid enslaving his soul to Jones' service, as other friends and foes seek the heart for their own agenda as well. This is a fantastic film. I know most people don't like the sequels and that the first film was the only good one. I do think that The Curse of the Black Pearl is the best out of all of them, but this one is really good. What works great about this is that it does what a sequel should do it expands on the universe that was established in the first one. I also just love the fact that this is a darker movie. It's a much grimmer and bleak-looking film. Even though this is a darker film it still has humor in it and it's very funny in places. This one is often argued as filler because the story doesn't end at the end of this film. I don't think this is complete filler there is a lot of important stuff that happens. There are some elements of filler which is bound it happen since this is only the first half of the story I didn't find those moments to be boring or go on for too long though. We get introduced to Bootstrap Bill who is Will Turner's father and Stellen Skarsgard plays the role really well. He and Orlando Bloom have some great scenes together. Johnny Depp is again fantastic as Captain Jack Sparrow. Jack is very on edge in this film because of his debt with Davy Jones. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are just as likable as before and you do feel bad that their wedding was stopped and that they are thrown into another adventure. Another addition is Bill Nighy who plays Davy Jones he's fantastic the guy is scary. All we know about the character in this film is that he's angry and he's broken hearten so he carved out his heart and put it in a chest. Davy Jones is a tragic villain we get to know more about him in At World's End, but in this movie, the mystery surrounding him is really good. The visual effects for this movie are outstanding Davy Jones's crew look so disgustingly good. This film won the OSCAR for Best visual effect and rightly so the character of Davy Jones is a work of art. 5 out of 5 stars for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Monday, May 22, 2017
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is directed by Gore Verbinski and stars Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley. The plot of the movie is blacksmith Will Turner teams up with eccentric pirate "Captain" Jack Sparrow to save his love, Elizabeth Swann from Jack's former pirate allies who are now undead. When this movie came out everyone rolled their eyes at the idea for a few reasons the first is that basing a movie on a Disney ride is kind of like a new low. It made me think Disney has really run out of good ideas. Another reason is that the pirate genre itself is not that profitable. This was also the first Disney movie to get a PG-13 rating. So this movie had so much going against it. It had such an uphill battle that everyone's jaw dropped when they saw the movie and it turned out to be better than expected. This is an amazing action-adventure movie. Johnny Depp's performance in this movie is incredible. This is a very unique character especially when you think of pirates. He's always drunk, he sometimes mumbles a lot of his lines, but that plays into the charm of the character, he's over-the-top. He's funny, he's a scumbag, but can be very heroic when he needs to be. A lot of people love him in this role. Sure nowadays when you think of Johnny Depp people's first instinct is to roll their eyes and groan and I do the same thing. He just keeps doing the same type of roles, but at the time this was something very unique. Johnny Depp was even nominated for an OSCAR for Best Actor. The other characters in the movie are also enjoyable my next favorite is Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. Geoffrey Rush plays more of the typical cliched pirate, but he's a great villain he chews up the scenery in the best way possible and he's able to balance a mix of both charming and evil. It's easy to tell that he is enjoying every second he's on-screen. Whenever Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Depp are on screen together they have great chemistry. Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are more the down-to-earth characters. They are just average people living their daily lives and then they get roped into this world of pirates and you do care for these two you want to see them get together. The music is absolutely incredible the Pirates of the Caribbean theme is really memorable and is one of my favorite movie themes of all time. The action scenes are really great well choreographed and a lot of fun. 5 out of 5 stars for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is directed by Guy Richie and stars Charlie Hunnam, Jude Law, and Eric Bana. The plot of the movie is robbed of his birthright, Arthur comes up the hard way in the back alleys of the city. Once he pulls the sword from the stone, he is forced to acknowledge his true legacy whether he likes it or not. I saw this movie late, so I have seen all the reviews talking about how bad this was. I did still want to see it because I am a fan of the King Arthur legend. This movie is a fucking disaster. This movie is edited by a crackhead. The movie starts and you are just thrust into some kind of battle with elephants the size of a Sears Tower with wrecking balls. I don't know who is fighting what or why and already I can tell this is going to be hard to sit through. So five minutes into this nightmare of a battle scene credits start playing and they can't even do that right because in the middle of the names it has a location credit. So either this is the location or there is some artsy actor named Londinium. It often feels like there is something missing in the film, for example, a character will dive off of a cliff and then suddenly they are on horseback. So I was confused half the time I really do think that shit is missing. Every one of the actors looks bored and none of the characters are interesting so it is really hard not to fall asleep. The pacing of the movie is awful it is a 2-hour movie it feels like 4. The visual effects look terrible it looks like a really bad video game. The movie is just one big mess don't see it ever. This could very easily end up being my least favorite movie of the year. 0 out of 5 stars for King Arthur: Legend of the sword. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Everything, Everything is directed by Stella Meghie and stars Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson. The plot of the movie is a teenager who's lived a sheltered life because she's allergic to everything, falls for the boy who moves next door. The trailers did look interesting to me. It seemed like a fresh new take on a young adult romance and leaving the theater I felt that it should have been a TV movie. I'll start off with the positives of the film. I think Amandla Stenberg was really good this girl is charming. I don't know that she got some of the deeper stuff quite right, but she is a talented actress and her character was likable. Also, some of the scenes between the two main characters Maddy and Olly are nice scenes. Now on to the negatives and the biggest is the dialogue it is some of the most cringe-worthy dialogue I have ever heard. Another big problem is Nick Robinson the actor who plays Olly this guy can't act he gave a very wooden performance. My last issue with the film is the humor I didn't laugh at all. They also put a twist in the movie which is very predictable. Maybe those of you that have read the book would enjoy this a lot more than I did. I would say if you have nothing better to do and you really want to see it go just don't expect much. This isn't one of the worst films of the year, but I'll forget about it rather quickly. 2 out of 5 stars for Everything, Everything. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Alien: Covenant is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Micheal Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, and Danny McBride. The plot of the movie is the crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an uncharted paradise with a threat beyond their imagination, and must attempt a harrowing escape. With this movie, they decided to mash up Alien and Prometheus. We get some answers about certain things that were left hanging in Prometheus, but for the most part, it's an alien movie. Ridley Scott is dealing with a lot of cool things here and things that I get really excited about because not only am I a sucker for movies that involve isolation in space or planets. No one directs Sci-fi like Ridley Scott. Here he has once again made a gorgeous film and it's easy to say that and shrug it off, but it's important to realize how much work goes into making a film this beautiful. The acting from everyone is great, but the standouts were Danny McBride and Micheal Fassbender. There are two sequences in this movie that are so white-knuckled on the level of the cesarean sequence in Prometheus and thank goodness this is rated R because there are some bloody sequences. I like just about everything in this movie the only negative I have is the ending is predictable. 4 out of 5 stars for Alien: Covenant. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Prometheus is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, and Charlize Theron. The plot of the movie is following clues to the origins of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone. I was excited to watch this movie even though I did not like the last two movies in the series. It has Ridley Scott back directing and it is the first in this new Alien prequel series. I loved this movie so much. The thing that I loved most was the visuals. This is one of the best looking movies I have seen in quite a long time. Anything that is on screen is so beautifully shot that you can't help but just be amazed while watching. What I loved about the first movie was that Ridley Scott made it this atmospheric and very creepy and slow-building thriller of a movie and that's what he brought to Prometheus again. I love these slow-burn action thriller kinds of movies. For the majority of the movie yes there are some scares and some action here and there, but for the most part, Scott is just building the tension up to the point where it just gets too much and just needs to explode. The climax of this movie is absolutely wonderful it is one of the craziest things I've seen and one of the most violent things. The performances from everyone are fantastic Michael Fassbender plays a robot and it is very convincing. Charlize Theron plays one of the biggest bitches in a movie recently, but she plays it so well and I was very impressed with her performance. Idris Elba was great he added a lot of humor to the movie which is definitely needed and everyone else was fine to those are just the standouts. What I was really looking forward to was to see what kind of alien aspects it had and in the last 10 minutes that's when alien fans get what they want and it was so worth the wait. 5 out of 5 stars for Prometheus. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Monday, May 15, 2017
Aliens is directed by James Cameron and stars Sigourney Weaver, Micheal Biehn, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, and Carrie Henn. The plot of the movie is fifty-seven years after Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, her escape vessel is recovered after drifting across the galaxy as she slept in cryogenic stasis. Back on Earth, nobody believed her story about the "Aliens" on the moon LV-426. After the "Company" orders the colony on LV-426 to investigate however all communication with the colony is lost. The company enlists Ripley to aid a team of tough rugged space marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed moon to find out if there are aliens or survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come. James Cameron did something with this movie really well and that was not recreating Ridley Scott's Alien he made his own movie. Ridley Scott's movie was a masterclass in science fiction suspense. James Cameron's movie is a masterclass in science fiction action. This movie is fucking awesome it's one of the best action movies ever made and a lot of it doesn't even have to do with the aliens this movie has a great focus on character in particular Ripley. Sigourney Weaver got nominated for Best Actress something that is rare for a blockbuster film. Her character is developed a lot more. I did like the relationship she formed with Newt a young girl that they find hiding out on this planet. The whole finale of this film is so intense with The Queen. This whole movie is some of the best action suspense filmmaking I have ever seen and it still holds up today. 5 out of 5 stars for Aliens. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Sunday, May 14, 2017
Alien is directed by Ridley Scott and stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto. The plot of the movie is after a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, it's landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. I saw Alien for the first time about a year ago and I found it to be boring. The trailers for Alien: Covenant do look very good, so I thought maybe I should watch Alien again. I am so glad I did this is a fantastic movie. I don't have to tell you guys that Alien is a revolutionary movie from a special effects standpoint from a concept standpoint this movie lets us know that so much could be done on film. Ridley Scott's direction and the editing of his sequences are so suspenseful you feel like you are on this ship. The set design is wonderful this is one of the coolest looking movie ships of all time. The crew itself is very well realized you get the sense of how everyone works together. You have Ash who is the science officer, Parker and Brett are the mechanics, and Dallas is the captain. It's easy to understand how the ship operates everything makes sense it's not just a really fun science fiction movie that has a monster. You can tell that Ridley Scott and the writers were trying to make a world that felt like it could work. It wasn't just about this creature or special effects this was a real lived-in universe even though you see just a small part of it. That's something else that I love I adore contained suspense horror. Something else that this movie did which is difficult to do is not have a clear-cut protagonist for some time. You don't really know who the lead is until Sigourney Weaver steps up halfway through until then the crew itself is the protagonist. Now I'm going to get into the alien creature itself the Xenomorph. The chest-burster scene is iconic. I'm sure most of you know this, but the actors did not know what was going to happen so the reaction when that happens is genuine. The design of the Xenomorph is probably my favorite design for any alien in a film which is really sad that nothing has topped this and we've seen a lot of different alien films ever since. The film is so suspenseful and there is pretty much no time to relax. 5 out of 5 stars for Alien. I hope you enjoyed my review.
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, and Kurt Russell. Set to the backdrop of Awesome Mix Vol. 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they unravel the mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage. I really enjoyed the first Guardians of the Galaxy as did most people so I was excited for this movie. Before I get to what I didn't like and there is a lot I'll go into the few things I did like. The returning cast is still great and the characters are just as enjoyable as before. Also, the movie has some good looking action I thought Kurt Russell was a good addition to the cast. Seeing him and Star-Lord bond was a good arc in the movie. Now let's get to why I found this movie to be disappointing. The movie from the start seems disjointed they're all hanging out with Kurt Russell and then there's this jailbreak scenario all the other Guardians are jailed and Star-Lord is hanging out with Kurt Russell. They put in this race of gold people and they come in and out of the movie at various times they didn't really fit in the movie. Drax didn't do much Gamora did a little more than Drax did because of her sister Nebula. The scenes between Gamora and Nebula are nice scenes, however, they are times when Karen Gillan is so intense and over-the-top. In the end Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had enjoyment in it Baby Groot was cute. Rocket had some great moments. I enjoyed the humor. It did feel like this movie was rushed maybe James Gunn was burned out and just wanted to get this over with. I will most likely never watch this movie again. 2 out of 5 stars for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I hope you enjoyed my review.
Guardians of the Galaxy is directed by James Gunn and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper. The plot of the movie is a group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe. Guardians of the Galaxy is an incredibly fun movie. Everyone in this movie delivers a fantastic performance. Chris Pratt was perfect as Star-Lord. He displays the charismatic lead actor persona that he needed to have for this film. Zoe Saldana was fantastic as Gamora. Dave Bautista as Drax surprised me and he has some very funny lines. Vin Diesel as Groot even though he only gets to say three words the inflection he decides to use for each use of this phrase is a lot of fun. Bradly Cooper is so much fun as Rocket Raccoon he almost steals the show. The Villain in this movie is also very good Lee Pace plays Ronan the Accuser he perfectly embodies this character. He adds menace, he adds the perfect voice and he commands the scene when he is there. As for the movie itself, it is so colorful it is so vibrant it is so goddamn fun. My problem with a lot of comic book movies is they take themselves to damn seriously and I can't have any fun. This is the kind of movie as soon as it stars you have a smile on your face all the way until the end. The action is spectacular. The visual effects look amazing. The humor in the movie which I was worried they would go overboard with is so good in this movie there are so many great laughs in this film. Also, something that I was not expecting was to get attached to these characters so quickly each member of the Guardians of the Galaxy is very well developed so once these action sequences happen you do care about them. 5 out of 5 stars for Guardians of the Galaxy. I hope you enjoyed my review.